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All-Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipe

on Tue Aug 25, 2015 9:01 pm

Dyeing eggs for the family Easter egg hunt was always a big event. Dozens of eggs were boiled and prepared by my grandmother the day before her horde of wild grandchildren arrived ready to claim their dozen eggs to color.

And like many others, Paas was our traditional method of egg dyeing.

Last year I started something new in our house that falls more inline with my DIY-style living agenda. And you can do it, too.

I wanted to create my own dyes. I consulted a few friends, a few websites and by trial and error discovered some great ways to make all-natural color dyes.

Not only are these dyes better for my family than the artificial ones, they are also more fun to create. It turned out to be a great lesson in science and a wonderful creative project for the kids who discovered which plants or items created the best colors. I hope this becomes our new family tradition.

After you’ve boiled your eggs – and even while you are boiling them – you can start the dye-making process.

~Twinkle’s Kitchen

Twinkle’s Easter Eggs Au Naturale

Time: 1-2 hours, including dyeing of eggs

List of ingredients:

2 dozen boiled eggs
1 cup of red onion skins [saved from approximately 2-3 onions] (red)
1 large beet, diced (magenta)
1 cup of blueberries (purple)
3 tbs turmeric (yellow – orange)
2 cups of spinach (light green)
2 cups of chopped red cabbage (blue)
2 tea bags (brown)
Approx. 2 cups of white vinegar (each dye will use approx. ¼ cup, so enough for the number of dyes you choose to create)
Wide-mouthed cups or jars for dipping eggs in dye
Slotted spoons

The basics are pretty simple.

1. – For each color, sans the turmeric, shred or finely chop ingredients and place on the stove in a pot covered in about an inch of water and ¼ cup of white vinegar.

2. – Quickly bring to a boil, and then reduce heat and let simmer from anywhere between 20 minutes to an hour. Longer simmer times mean a darker hue.


3. – After the dye has cooled, pour into jars or cups and begin dyeing by dropping your eggs gently inside the color.

4. – Leave eggs in dye for at least 10 minutes for a lighter hue, and longer if you want a richer, darker color.

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